the land before history began land that was not ruled by a man land that raised me land with more beauty I had ever seen a land filled with spirits in trees beautiful and green land that was untouched land prosperous and lush land that I fled to when I was scared land that helped me with the struggles I bared land filled with artifacts land with hidden, ancient tracks land that I called my own land that was my home
the man with a cross in hand set fires to the land he spoke in a different tongue and tried to teach it to our young my people gave him food and water he only gave us an alter he told us we were sinners made us kneel with interlocked fingers I saw the flags in the distance I cried in an instance more of his men were coming I knew we had to start running
Maga'håga is a female leader of a tribe, she is the one who is respected among Chiefs. This is an homage to the Maga'håga who did all she could to protect her land, people, and culture.
She is calm and silent She is loud and chaotic She bore my brothers and my sisters She bore navigators and famers In her anger she created mountains In happiness she created rainbows In her joy she filled rivers In her sadness she rose the sea She is light She is darkness She is home Her hair is the coconut trees Her eyes are the guasåli flowers Her tears is the rain Her smile is the moon She raised giants and warriors She taught mothers and daughters She is light She is darkness She is home Her gentle voice leads me to the jungles Her screams lead me to the ocean Her arms cradle me like banana leaves Her songs are sung by the birds She is light She is darkness She is home Guåhan is home
Guåhan as she is known to me is Guam to the rest of the world. She is my island, my mother, my home. To everyone who reads my poems about my home please feel free to learn about Guam and Micronesia. Please learn about the threat that is America, it’s military, and climate change. My people and culture is on the verge of extinction and I just ask for you beautiful humans to learn about the indigenous people of Micronesia and learn that we exist.